Read About the Asian American Screenplays that Didn’t Get produced
In Sonali Mehta’s television crime drama “Fifty Thousand,” a widowed Indian woman starts an illicit green card-marriage brokerage business to make ends meet. But an encounter with an ICE officer at the airport puts both her enterprise and her immigration status in jeopardy.
Mehta, a screenwriter based in Los Angeles, said she wanted to explore the moral compromises that immigrants sometimes have to make to build a better life for their families — a complicated dynamic that she feels audiences are ready for after the success of TV series and movies starring Black and Asian actors, such as “Black-ish” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”
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